Daddy Long Legs: The Natural Education of a Father

Daddy Long Legs: The Natural Education of a Father

by John Price

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ISBN-13: 9781611800029
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 05/14/2013
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

John T. Price is an award-winning teacher of creative writing and literature at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He earned a BA in religion, an MFA in nonfiction writing, and a PhD in English from the University of Iowa. He is the author of two memoirs: Man Killed by Pheasant and Other Kinships (Merloyd Lawrence Books/Da Capo Press, 2008)—which won the 2009 Orion Magazine Readers' Choice Award—and Not Just Any Land (University of Nebraska Press, 2004).

Table of Contents

1 The First Worm 1

2 Not So Golden Nuggets 14

3 Terror of the Triops 24

4 Questions with Wings 35

5 Night Comes for the Brown Recluse 50

6 Trap-Door Spider Lair 59

7 Baby vs. Pengy! 73

8 Providerection 85

9 Happy Goddamned International Ben Day! 102

10 No-Kill Alert: Nina, the Chihuahua 115

11 Motherfisher 129

12 Praying Mantis, or How I Became Jim Fowler 142

13 Metamorphosis 151

14 Flight of the Hummingbird 168

15 The Witness Tree 184

Epilogue: Dust Motes, 2012 197

Acknowledgments 211

About the Author 214

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“If David Sedaris and Annie Dillard had a literary love child and raised him in Iowa, he would write like this.”—The Iowan

“John Price has a precious ability to distill—gently, scrupulously—the heroism and beauty from his ordinary life in an ordinary place in the middle of America. Daddy Long Legs is an everyman’s tale demonstrating the upside of Tolstoy’s famous line: happy families are all alike. Thank goodness for gifted storytellers who can depict the good luck and hard work of being a member of one of those families.”—Kurt Andersen, author of True Believers and host of Studio 360

“Like America’s best essayists—think E.B. White—John Price’s side-splitting stories about his family develop in their own time into heart-rending reflections on living and dying, and why living must be whole-hearted if it is to be anything at all, and why dying can be as beautiful as an emerging moth.”—Kathleen Dean Moore, author of Wild Comfort

“This gentle, ingenuous, and funny memoir of a flawed father is as Midwestern as the Loess Hills, and as universal as family itself. From worms to wings, mantids to spiders, dads to kids, John Price parses the natural history of a human family in all its mortality and wider habitat as well as anyone I’ve read in years.”—Robert Michael Pyle, author of The Thunder Tree and Mariposa Road

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